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Specialist Veterinarians – The ACVS Diplomate.

Setting the Standard of Excellence in Veterinary Surgery

Only veterinarians who have sucessfully completed the certification requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) are Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) and have earned the right to be called specialists in veterinary surgery.

Candidates seeking Diplomate status in the ACVS must have (a) received a degree in veterinary medicine from a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, (b) served a one-year rotating internship (or equivalent), and (c) completed a three-year surgical residency program. The residency program consists of closely supervised training during which the resident works with recognized specialists to acquire additional knowledge and skill in veterinary surgery.

Qualified applicants must submit extensive credentials to the ACVS documenting their training, clinical competency, and scientific contributions to veterinary surgery. Finally, they must pass a comprehensive oral, written and practical examination to earn Diplomate status.

Article provided courtesy of the ACVS &Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital (MASH)4135 Old Town Road Huntington MD 20639410-414-8250 301-843-8290.



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